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Milonga Dance Show at Birmingham Hippodrome

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by Alison Brinkworth (subscribe)
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Sizzling Tango By Top Choreographer Cherkaoui
A seductive and fascinating exploration of tango is set to sizzle in Birmingham with a new production by a Laurence Olivier Award-winning choreographer.

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Milonga hots up the stage in Birmingham


Milonga will be at Birmingham Hippodrome for two days only from May 26 to 27. It is one of many international dance shows to grace the stage at the Hippodrome as part of its move to forge more links with dance companies at home and abroad.

Choreographed by world famous Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, Milonga features 17 dancers and is a production by renowned Sadler's Wells and presented by Dance Consortium.

Cherkaoui, who is now an associate artist with Sadler's Wells, has promised a production that combines traditional Argentinian tango mixed with contemporary dance and his own "unique style of tango".

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The show focuses on the seductive latin dance of tango


The 40-year-old choreographer hails from Antwerp in Belgium and gained acclaim for winning the 2014 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production with Babel (Words) and Puz/zle.

His eclectic work has included collaborations with Akram Khan, Antony Gormley and the Chinese Shaolin monks but this time, the choreographer is focussing on the passion and intensity of South American tango.

Milonga was originally a lively musical genre dating back to as long ago as the 1870's and originating in the South American countries of Argentina and Uruguay.

Milonga, Birmingham Hippodrome, dance shows, tango
Milonga will be at Birmingham Hippodrome for two days only.


It later became associated with a distinct style of tango and then name Milonga also was used to describe places where a tango dancing party was taking place.

Other awards won by Cherkaoui include the KAIROS Prize in 2009 and the Prix Benois de la Danse in 2011.

Other international dance coming to Birmingham Hippodrome this year include Cuban dancers with Carlos Acosta for Acosta Danza in October and Indian dancers in Material Men redux in March.

Tickets for Milonga cost from £15 from the Birmingham Hippodrome website.
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Why? See passionate tango from award-winning choreographer
When: May 26 - 27, 2017
Phone: 0844 338 5000
Where: Birmingham Hippodrome
Cost: From £15
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